Bajaj Avenger 220 Street Full Review
Price of Bajaj Avenger 220 Street in India: Rs. 83,752 – 94,662 (ex-showroom)
Launch of Bajaj Avenger 220 Street in India: August 2016
The Bajaj Avenger 220 Street is a budget cruiser and I would even go far enough to say that it is the best budget cruiser in India. If I had a job where I had to travel 30-40 km’s every day on and off from home to office, the first thing I would do is to change my home to a nearby location or get a job at a nearby location or else get this Avenger 220 Street, because it is comfortable, respectably quick and fast enough for city streets and traffic. It is neither too hard on the pocket nor too hard on the body and it is a treat on the roads. First introduced back in 2005, The Bajaj Avenger has already gone through 2 engine changes, meaning Bajaj is really serious about their cruiser segment offerings and these three Bajaj Avenger variants show that quite clearly.
The Bajaj Avenger 220 Street comes in three variants:
- Bajaj Avenger Street 220
- Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220
- Bajaj Avenger Street 150
Design and Styling
It would be quite fair to say that The Bajaj Avenger 220 Street attract Eye-balls, it has all the elements of a cruiser and styled graphics makes it look very premium, It also resembles quite a lot to Harley Davidson street 750 so head turns are bound to happen. The Avenger 220 Street gets an all new Matte Black paint shade with matching dark theme alloy wheels. It comes with a blackened street control handlebar and wider rear tyre. An all new console has been added above the fuel tank which is an analogue fuel indicator, which is quite neat and gives a very cool look to the motorcycle. The usual console on the handlebar has a good retro analogue speedometer with a small LED display having odometer and trip-meter readings. The brand new logo sits with the Avenger name within its casing.
It would be better to say that the Avenger has been totally redesigned keeping its basic look and soul. Styling in the Avenger 220 has been done as per street and cruise labels. While the Avenger cruise is given all chrome treatment with chrome spoked wheels and in colors of black or desert gold. The Avenger 220 Street is given all matt treatment with alloy wheels in colors black, cosmic red and wild green.
Engine wise both the 220cc variants, that is the Bajaj Avenger 220 Street and Cruise both have the same carbureted heart. The Avenger cruise and street have the same 220 cc, 4-Stroke, Single Cylinder, oil cooled engine from the Pulsar 220 F which produces a maximum torque of 17.5 Nm at 7000 rpm and a maximum power of 19 PS at 8400 rpm. The ratings are lower than that produced by the same engine for the 220 pulsar but that is the tuning which in the Avenger is for long drives and cruising. Though we got to say the tuning could have done with more refinement, for like, the engine is linked with a 5-speed constant mesh type gearbox having 5 gears but the tuning makes the 6th gear very much needed.
The throttle is quite responsive and one never feels under powered at normal speeds, in fact at times it feels over powered for normal speeds cause the engine revs hard even at ranges of 40- 60 Kmph on fifth gear. Though the wet multi-plate clutch does a good job switching gears. Introducing an intermediate gear, and giving a 6-speed gearbox would have been great but no luck there. Also it would have been great if both the rear and front had disc brakes but I guess it’s a, will-do, ok as the Avengers have, 130mm drum at the rear and the 260 mm Bybre disc brake in the front
The Bajaj Avenger 150cc variant however is just simple butter. It has the same single cylinder 150cc air-cooled engine as the one in the Pulsar 150 producing 13.3 hp of power and 12.5 Nm of peak torque. The gearbox in the 150cc variant does a fare job with quick and smooth shifts and even at speeds of 60-70 Kmph it feels quite comfortable. The engine tuning in the 220 variant made the engine feel always in an eager with high revs though this is not the case with 150cc variant as it feels quite mature and down to earth. There are not so much you are left wanting if you have the 150 variant for its class and price, it just is right on.
Dimensions and Weight
The Bajaj Avenger 220 Street dimension measures as 2177 mm in length, 801 mm in width and 1070 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 1490 mm and a ground clearance of 169 mm. Avenger 220 Street weighs 150 kg and has a seat height of 725 mm.
Suspension, Performance and Mileage
The front suspension gets a cover and the rear backrest goes missing from the Street version. The suspension system in the Bajaj Avenger 220 Street is commendable with the telescopic suspension being softer in the front and the Twin spring type shock absorbers being harder at the rear adding to the comfort of the bike. The Bajaj Avenger 220 Street come with a 14 liter fuel tank, a top speed of around 115-120 kmph and its high performance DTS-i engine provides a mileage of 40 kmpl and around 50 kmpl for the 150 cc variants you get a range of roughly 550 kms and 700 kms respectively which is quite impressive for any cruiser with a motive for long tours and drives. With just 2 kg increase in its weight over the 150 cc version, 220 Street gets excellent running dynamics.
In a market full of heavy weights like Royal Enfield, Harleys and more coming, I wonder if this is a plus for the Avenger and of course the upright driving posture can make it a reliable partner for the treacherous northern mountains of India, like the Ladkah and Tawang routes. No question the Bajaj Avenger 220 Street is a great option for the weakly escapists, for 200 – 300 km tours on weekdays and home to office rides. But what about the big leagues? One of the major factors that could be a negative for the Avenger is it’s wheelbase which is 1475 mm, 100 mm more than Royal Enfield’s and 135 mm more than the Thunderbird. A long wheelbase can create problem in off-road riding and add to it the raised handle of the Avenger Cruise which makes maneuvering hard at steep mountainous turns. The tyre size of Avenger 220 Streett is 90/90-17 at its front whereas the rear gets a fat 130/90-15 tyre.
Also Read: Review of Bajaj Avenger 150
Competitors of Bajaj Avenger 220 Street
Price: Rs. 1,74,000
Engine: 279.5 cc, Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke, 4 valve, Liquid Cooled, Spark Ignition
Maximum Power: 24.8 bhp at 8500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 23 Nm at 7000 rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18 litres
Price: Rs. 1,75,000
Engine: 248.9cc, Air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-cylinder, 4-valve
Maximum Power: 19.18 bhp at 8500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 18.7 Nm at 5750 rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.5 litres
Specifications of Bajaj Avenger 220 Street
|Bajaj Avenger 220 Street|
|Engine Type||219.9 cc, Digital Twin Spark Ignition, 2-valve, Air cooled withDigital Twin Spark Ignition oil-cooler, DTS-i engine|
|Maximum Power||18.8 Bhp @ 8400 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||17.5 Nm @ 7000 rpm|
|Ignition||Digital Twin Spark Ignition|
|No. of Gears||5|
|Ground Clearance||169 mm|
|Seat Height||725 mm|
|Kerb/Wet Weight||150 kg|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||14 litres|
|Oil Tank Capaciity||3.4 litres|
|Front||Telescopic with Anti-friction Bush|
|Rear||Twin Shock Absorbers|
|Front||260 mm Disc|
|Rear||130 mm Drum|
|Wheels and Tyres|
|Front Tyre||90/90 - 17" 49P|
|Rear Tyre||130/90 - 15" 66P|
|Front Wheel||17-inch (12-spoke)|
|Rear Wheel||15-inch (9-spoke)|
|Wheel Type||Alloy Wheels|
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